Kipling USA Holiday Collection Has Something For Everyone

11.23.2014

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Well, it's that time of year again where everyone is scrambling to buy gifts for their loved ones. Full disclosure: I don't celebrate the holidays so this is thankfully a scramble I do not have to deal with. However, I am partnering up with the awesome Kipling brand to give you a look at their holiday collection, and maybe you'll pick up a few of these items for your loved ones.

I feel like bags are always a welcome gift, as they are items that will be used a lot and oftentimes well-loved. I've picked four of my favorite bags from the Kipling Holiday Catalog above (1, 2, 3, 4). I actually just ordered #2 because it is PERFECT for everyday life and is in the perfect neutral color so it will match with everything.

All that aside, if you live in the Orlando area, the #KiplingHoliday Tour is COMING! It will be in the Florida Mall on December 19-20. The #KiplingHoliday Tour is free, family-friendly and open to the public through RSVPing to the event. Attendees will be welcomed to a spectrum of event highlights including: a Kipling Holiday Collection show wall, on-site monogramming, bespoke gift-wrapping, personalized sweets, photo booths, and giveaways. For additional event details and to RSVP, click here!



Weekend Wrap Up // No. 38

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Happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a great and productive week. I know I've been very productive this week, and I cannot wait to launch some pretty cool stuff at the beginning of next year (which is little more than a month away- weeeeird!). I've been recovering from The Makeup Show and taking some much needed time to myself since I've been totally overwhelmed lately and don't want to get sick. All that aside, here's what's been going on in the blogosphere for the past week!

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// The List //

// Jamming Out //

This week the Mockingjay soundtrack dropped, and you guys: it is SO good. Lorde curated the soundtrack so I already knew it was going to be on repeat in my house. Here's one of my favorite songs from the album, featuring a lot of my favorite artists, such as Lorde, Haim, and Stromae. Get ready to jam out to "Meltdown".

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Wanna Try Something New? Then Gloss 48 Is For You

11.20.2014

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Unless you've been hiding under your pile of makeup for the past year or so, then you've probably heard of the website Gloss 48. Gloss 48 is an amazing resource to try out new indie brands in this oversaturated beauty marketplace, and at a discount, too. When they reached out to me to see if I'd like to try some products from their shop, I ~obviously~ said yes. Because you all know I have a serious addiction to trying new indie products out. It's a problem, and I acknowledge it. But like the old wise man once said, #yolo.

I was sent two Eddie Funkhouser lipsticks, a Skin, An Apothecary body whip, and a Frankie & Myrrh aromatherapy spray. Basically everything I'm a glutton for in one awesome package.

The two Eddie Funkhouser lipsticks I received were Modern Marvel and Strip Search. Modern Marvel is a really fun and on-trend purple lipstick that applies sheer but can be built up to full opacity. It's also very moisturizing on the lips, which is a total plus. Strip Search is a vibrant pink lipstick that just screams "SPRING!!". Just like Modern Marvel, it sits comfortably on the lips and can be applied sheer or built up to full opacity.

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Strip Search (left) and Modern Marvel (right)
I also received a Skin, An Apothecary Soy Body Whip in Mango, and you guys: I want to eat my legs. Is that weird? These soy body whips are ultra light body creams that make skin feel super luxurious. The mango scent is just delicious smelling and isn't overwhelming at all. These body whips are made with a blend of Vitamin C, soy, and coconut oils. And did I mention how delicious it smells?

Last but certainly not least, I received the Frankie & Myrrh Serenity Now!!! Aromatherapy Spray. I've mentioned my struggle with anxiety before, so receiving this spray in the mail was practically a godsend. This spray contains frankincense, spruce, and orange and will help reduce pressure and stress. You can use this as a body spray, a disinfecting spray, a spray to help you meditate... Whatever you want, really. Whenever I'm feeling tense or anxious, I spray this around me and breathe it in and instantly feel more grounded and relaxed. This is definitely a must-buy for me, and you bet your lil' booty that I'll be buying more from this brand.

I really like how Gloss 48 offers a wide variety of products to eager consumers. This is a great way for smaller, niche brands to get noticed in a marketplace where, quite frankly, it's downright hard to be noticed by the masses. I mean, look how varied my package was! If you're looking to try something new and relatively unheard of, then definitely give Gloss 48 a try. Their website is really easy to navigate and aesthetically pleasing, and you can't beat the deals they have going on their site.

Have you ever tried any of the products mentioned in this post? Had any experience with Gloss 48?

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Disclosure: The products mentioned in this post were provided by Gloss 48 for review. All opinions are my own.

The Makeup Show Orlando 2014 Recap

11.19.2014

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Time to recap The Makeup Show Orlando! It was certainly a whirlwind weekend, and was certainly not without its hiccups. I'm going to warn you: this is a photo-heavy post, but if you're into special effects makeup and makeup in general, you'll want to see this pictures. So make sure to click through to read on for my whole recap!

The Makeup Show Orlando 2014 Haul

11.18.2014

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What a weekend I had! In case you've been on an Internet fast for the past few weeks, then here's a quick recap: this past weekend was The Makeup Show Orlando, aka the greatest thing to happen to beauty lovers everywhere. But I'm not going to get into the recap quite yet- that post will be coming up tomorrow. I did want to share with you all my haul from the show, just so you guys can tell me if you want to see any of these products reviewed in an upcoming post. I very rarely post haul blogs since it's sooo braggy, but I'm throwing caution to the wind and just going for it. I know, how brave of me. Sad thing is- I didn't even include everything I bought in this photo. I need help.

Without further ado, here's what I hauled at the show (in no particular order):
OY! What a list. Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see reviewed or used in the future! Did you go to The Makeup Show Orlando? Did you haul anything?


Disclosure: Products marked with an asterisk (*) were provided in the Blogger Preview goodie bag or provided by the brands. Everything else purchased by me. Post also contains affiliate links.

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 37

11.16.2014

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Happy Sunday! So I realized earlier this week that I totally forgot to post a weekend wrap up last Sunday, and for that I am so sorry! One of my dearest friends, Beulah, got married last weekend and it was a complete BLAST. So much fun. Above is me at the wedding wearing a gorgeous Trina Turk dress that I rented from Rent The Runway. It was my first time using the service and I am HOOKED! This weekend, I am at The Makeup Show Orlando, so you'll be hearing more about that this upcoming weekend. Anyway, we have a lot to catch up on! So here's what you've missed.

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  • Here's a look at Rent the Runway's dry-cleaning empire. (Fast Company)
  • Coco picks some really great purple lipsticks in her purple lip roundup! (The Beauty Milk)
  • Love this simple yet elegant manicure idea! (Lions Laces Lattes)
  • Ana Gasteyer has always been a favorite SNL cast member of mine, so needless to say, I'm loving this ITG interview with her. (Into the Gloss)
  • This illustration made me LOL. What are your pet peeves? (A Cup of Jo)
  • I love the colors in this manicure. Perfect for fall! (Imperfectly Painted)

// Jamming Out //

I've been in a very ~chill~ mood lately so this song has been on constant repeat on my phone. "Keep Your Head Up" by Ben Howard is just such a great song. And yea, I know, I'm super late to the Ben Howard game. Better late than never!

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October 2014 Favorites

11.14.2014

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I know, I know. We're already halfway through November and I'm just posting my October favorites list now. Shame on me! Anyway, the month of October was craaaazy in the sense that I was trying new products out the ying yang. And I have some favorites to share with you! Let's get on with the list!
  1. AILA Cosmetics Nail Polish in My 2 Jeffs- I've already spoken about this in my AILA review and swatch post, so I'll keep it brief: This is my ultimate fall nail color. So gorgeous.
  2. AILA Cosmetics Better Than Gel Top Coat- Also spoken about in my last AILA post, this top coat is EVERYTHING.
  3. Redken Curvaceous Ringlet Perfecting Lotion- I plan on doing an updated curly hair post soon, but in the meantime: this lil' potion is great for defining girls. I use it on dry hair as opposed to wet hair and this really defines these curls of mine without making them crunchy. And it smells super good.
  4. La Bella Figura Disco Queen Gloria- I've already sung my praises about this cream blush last week, so I'm just going to refer you to that post to read all about it.
  5. Pureology Curl Complete Taming Butter - Mixed with the Redken Perfecting Lotion, I am confident that my hair will not go crazy. This taming butter really tames the frizz on my head while defining curls. I highly recommend to curly girls everywhere!
  6. Yes Please by Amy Poehler- I don't think it's a secret how much I love Amy Poehler, so imagine how giddy I was when I received this book in my hands. I love everything about Amy, and I also love how she includes so many photos and colorful images in her book. This is a must-read, especially if you love comedy!
  7. L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara- I've been hearing the hype over this mascara for a little while now, so I knew it was time to give it a try. And it's so good! It really pumps up my lashes and makes it look like I have falsies on. The only thing that annoys me about this is how flexible the wand is, but apparently that's what a lot of people are really liking about it. I guess I'm in the minority on that one!
  8. YSL Glossy Stain- YOU GUYS. It has taken me SO long to hop aboard the Glossy Stain Train, and I could totally kick myself over it. These are pretty pigmented and last foooorever on my lips, which means they are PERFECT for my long days spent at Disney World. The color I have is #15 (Rose Vinyl) and it is the perfect pink lipstick for me. Do yourself a favor and check these babies out.
Now that I've shared with you all my favorite products from last time, it's your turn. What products have you been loving lately?

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10 Things You CAN NOT Miss at The Makeup Show Orlando

11.12.2014

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It's my favorite time of year again: The Makeup Show Orlando has come officially come into town and ya'll, I'm PUMPED. Each year, The Makeup Show goes out of its way to make itself even better than the preceding year. The Makeup Show is THE ultimate pro-only makeup show that caters to beauty professionals in the South, filled with education and shopping galore. TMS Orlando begins THIS weekend, November 15 & 16, and will be at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando on International Drive. Obviously, I would not miss it for the world, and neither should you. Not fully convinced yet? Here are 10 things you can NOT miss at The Makeup Show Orlando this year.
  1. Pro Resource Area- If you are a working makeup artist looking to really break into the industry, then this is for you! You can bring your portfolio and all of your business materials to this area and have an expert look at them and give you some solid advice in one 15 minute session. Best of all? You don't have to pay extra for this. Thanks, TMS!
  2. Keynote Speakers- The keynote speakers are absolutely amazing this year, and include Eryn Krueger Mekash (American Horror Story makeup head), Renny Vasquez, and Merrell Hollis (Wendy Williams' makeup artist), Eugenia Weston, and Tia Dantzler. So much to learn from these seasoned pros!
  3. The Face Off Panel- Perhaps the thing I am most excited about this year is the Face Off panel, which will feature some of my favorite Face Off contestants, including Laura Tyler, Nix Herrera, and Erik Garcia. In this panel they will be talking about their experiences and sharing some unique insight and techniques that they've learned over the years.
  4. Artist's Kit Building Series- Another awesome feature of The Makeup Show this year is their Focus: Kit Building Series. In this series, for a fee of $20, you can compare and contrast different products by actually playing with the makeup and associating with your peers for further input on the products. For a full list of sessions, click here.
  5. The Seminars- The thing I love about The Makeup Show is all of the seminars that are offered throughout the day. They are all so helpful and are great places to pick up some new techniques. I plan on catching a few of these while at the show- such as the NARS seminar with Phuong Tran and an airbrush one with Jonah Levy. For a full list of seminars, click here.
  6. Hands-On Workshops- If you're a working professional looking to improve your craft further, then you should definitely check out the various hands-on workshops that will be held throughout the weekend. Class sizes are limited, but you'll be able to work alongside some of the industry's best artists and getting some awesome constructive criticism. For a full list of workshops, click here.
  7. Networking- The Makeup Show brings together some of the world's best artists in one awesome trade show, so how could you pass up the opportunity to network with the best of the best? Come prepared with business cards and a positive attitude, and create connections you wouldn't have been able to create otherwise!
  8. THE SHOPPING. Okay, ya'll. If you're not going to take advantage of any of the education that The Makeup Show offers, please take advantage of the shopping opportunities. There will be a ton of premiere makeup brands at the show offering their products at a great discount, and now is the time to stock up on items for your kit. Trust me on this one. Make sure to bring cash, though, as a lot of vendors only accept cash.
  9. Walking Art- Another favorite part of The Makeup Show of mine is the artists working on models to create some mind-blowingly awesome body art. Make Up For Ever and Kett typically create awesome pieces on models, and then sometimes these models will walk around the show, showing off their art. This is a great opportunity for photos and also a great way to marvel at how awesome our industry is. Forrrrreal.
  10. The Experience- If nothing on this list appeals to you, then at least go for the experience. I think it is just so much fun to walk around the show and see what the brands have to offer, and to rub shoulders with some amazing people. And, not to mention, I've created some amazing friendships with other bloggers and artists that I may not have met if it weren't for the show.
The Makeup Show Orlando is this weekend, November 15 & 16, and you can buy your tickets online HERE. I will be there both days, so if you're attending, be sure to let me know and say hiiiii! What are you looking forward to the most at The Makeup Show?


La Bella Figura Disco Queen Gloria Review

11.04.2014

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Have you ever been missing a product in your life and not realize it until you are holding the product in your hands? Well, ladies and gents, that was definitely me when I received the glorious La Bella Figura Disco Queen Gloria Radiant Creme Blush (I really am hoping that they named this shade after one of my favorite disco queens ever, Gloria Gaynor). You see, La Bella Figura had been teasing this shade for quite some time on their Instagram, and once I saw it on there, I knew I needed it in my life. They recently launched their makeup line, and having tried all of their makeup products, I knew that Disco Queen Gloria would NOT disappoint. La Bella Figura is easily one of the most exciting (if not the MOST exciting) indie green beauty brands out there. And you guys... It definitely did not disappoint.

Disco Queen Gloria is a gorgeous shimmery rose gold cream blush that can be used for both cheeks and lips. This color will make your skin look absolutely radiant, and can totally double as a highlighter on your cheeks. I was working on a bride recently who wanted her makeup to skew towards the rose gold hues, and just a few days before I received Disco Queen Gloria in the mail. The light bulb went off in my head, and I applied this on my bride. She FLIPPED. In the best way possible. She couldn't believe that there was a product out there that could make her look so good! And with no toxic chemicals in it? Unheard of!
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The above swatch shows Disco Queen Gloria blended out (left) and fully packed on (right). You can definitely see the shimmer, but do not worry about that if you're a blemished beauty like me. The shimmer does NOT emphasize acne or fine lines or any of that other stuff. This stuff makes you look like you are glowing from within. Magic, I tell ya!

Disco Queen Gloria will be released to the public on Friday, November 7. The always wonderful Victoria of La Bella Figura so graciously sent me DQG before they officially released it, and for that, I am eternally grateful! The downside: this is a limited edition color, so once it runs out, it is gone forever. That breaks my heart! I'm not sure what the price on this babe is going to be, but I'm going to imagine it will be the same as my other LBF fave, the Just Jenna creme blush, which retails for $36.

And if I am not mistaken, with each purchase made on the La Bella Figura site in November, you will receive a sample of their Elysian Fields hair and body spray that smells SO good. I am terrible at describing scents, so the best way I can describe this is "fresh, clean, and spring-like". It won't be released until January 2015, so consider this sample a preview of the amazing things that are sure to come to La Bella Figura in the new year. So once November 7 rolls around, get your butts to your nearest computer and buy Disco Queen Gloria. You won't regret it for a moment.


Disclosure: Disco Queen Gloria and Elysian Fields sample provided by La Bella Figura. However, all opinions in this post are mine and are unbiased.

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 36

11.02.2014

Happy Sunday! It's been a fun and productive week this week (is that repetitive? #yolo) and I have SO much behind-the-scenes stuff going on that won't be revealed for a few months and it is killing. me. Anyway, this header photo is kinda old, but I'm just completely infatuated with the tilework from the Morocco plaza inside EPCOT. Stunning, right? And, as we speak, I am making my final trip to the 2014 Food and Wine Festival inside EPCOT today, which is totally bittersweet because I am going to miss the Mongolian Beef Steamed Buns from the China kiosk, and the Sea Scallop on Cheese-Spinach Gratin from the Scotland kiosk. Well, it's probably a good thing for both my health AND my wallet. That aside, here's what's been going on around the interwebz this week!

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// The List //

// Jamming Out //

Ready to end your week with a total dance jam? This is some head-banging, twerk-team-inducing level stuff. Blast this extra loud in your car on your morning commute.

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